by Dr. D ~ August 29th, 2011
There is a prevailing trend in mainline Protestantism to disregard the authority of the Bible and view it as merely a fabrication of people writing their own opinions while being somewhat inspired by some sort of outside cosmic source that one might refer to as divine.
Therefore when folks like the Apostle Paul seem to talk about homosexuality in a disparaging way than he can be discounted as merely speaking from his cultural upbringing in first century Judaism and not necessarily giving us an inspired message that is relevant for us educated folks in the 21st century.
When the Bible is deemed to be nothing more than somewhat inspired teachings of a former day and culture but maybe not valid for today, then anything goes. It means that you are free to pick and choose what scriptures and historical teachings are meaningful to you and reject the rest.
So we have the recent case of a venerable denomination- the Presbyterian Church (USA) choosing to disregard New Testament teachings on homosexuality, fidelity in marriage, and sexual chastity before marriage. Now it would seem to be officially Ok in that denomination for unmarried clergy whether they be heterosexual or homosexual to have sexual relationships and maybe even ‘shack up’ with a significant other. Also, adultery may no long disqualify one from the ministry?
More serious is what is happening in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands. A recent BBC article joins in a conversation where mainline church leaders there are talking about redefining a new European form of churchianity without Christ or even a belief in a personal God.
The Rev Klaas Hendrikse of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) is at it again preaching his own version of ‘non-faith’ in the article. We have posted about this atheistic ‘Christian’ pastor once before. Here are a few quotes from ‘Rev.’ Hendrikse in the BBC piece:
“…God is not a being at all… it’s a word for experience, or human experience.”
He also indicated to the BBC interviewer that “the Bible’s account of Jesus’s life as a mythological story about a man who may never have existed, even if it is a valuable source of wisdom about how to lead a good life.”
Another Dutch minister, the Rev Kirsten Slettenaar, joined in with similar thoughts discounting the divinity of Jesus:
“I think ‘Son of God’ is a kind of title,” she says. “I don’t think he was a god or a half god. I think he was a man, but he was a special man because he was very good in living from out of love, from out of the spirit of God he found inside himself.”
Professor Hijme Stoffels of the VU University Amsterdam talks about God as being a ‘bridge too far’ for most:
“In our society it’s called ‘somethingism’,” he says. “There must be ‘something’ between heaven and earth, but to call it ‘God’, and even ‘a personal God’, for the majority of Dutch is a bridge too far.
“Christian churches are in a market situation. They can offer their ideas to a majority of the population which is interested in spirituality or some kind of religion.”
Response: The whole idea communicated in the BBC article is that the Christian church is outdated for the 21st century and must be changed into something different in order to compete in the arena of ideas. People are still searching for some kind of spirituality or religion –just not traditional Christianity? So the church must change and adapt and cast off the traditions and teachings of the past? A typical BBC anti-Christian propaganda piece.
A church that does not believe in Jesus as Christ nor God as the personal God the Father and Creator is no longer part of Christianity at all. It is something else altogether regardless of the sign on the building or a tie-in with a historical denomination.
This is what happens when you deny Biblical authority and begin to pick and choose what you want to believe in. The end result is something other than Christianity.
Fact is, the liberal protestant churches of Europe are dying precisely because they are turning their backs on Biblical teaching and not the other way around. Same thing for the more liberal denominations in America.
Some churches are actually growing in Europe -the independent conservative ones. Churches that still believe in Biblical authority and demonstrate that the personal God is still active in changing lives for the better through His Holy Spirit and still saving and healing folks in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. *Top
Here’s a link to Dr. Albert Mohler’s response to the same BBC article.